58 Total Quotes

David Trimble Quotes

He has got to create confidence ... in Northern Ireland that the law will be observed and will be enforced, and when republicans are found to be behaving in a way that is contrary to their undertakings, that he will act.
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#Confidence

You cannot say that there is a peace agreement if some party has a private army armed to the teeth ready for action.
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#Agreement

The present situation is appalling. There is a serious danger that the problems could spread to other schools in the area.
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#Danger

squandered the best opportunity that they have had to date in order to resolve this issue.
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#Opportunity

If there is a real commitment, then getting rid of the weapons could not possibly be a problem,
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#Commitment

It is not just a question of a symbolic action with regard to handing in some weapons,
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#Action

We have done and will continue to do everything we can to maximize the opportunity that's here for people. I hope we've gone over the Rubicon this time.
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#Opportunity

We have done and will continue to do everything we can to maximize the opportunity that's here for people, ... I hope we've gone over the Rubicon this time.
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#Opportunity

If the so-called war is really over, then there is no justification for holding on to illegal weapons.
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#Justification

An attempt to form the executive without decommissioning (disarming) will lead to a loss of confidence among the Unionist community to such an extent that the executive so-formed would not survive.
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#Community

In the future there cannot be room for ambiguity. They have to make their position absolutely clear before they can expect anyone to respond to it.
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#Future

[While saying that there had been] some progress, ... there are difficulties ahead.
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#Progress

It was made clear to Sinn Fein again and again and again that this experiment, this risk that we were taking, would be time-limited and would not run beyond the end of January.
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#Risk

hooligan elements are continuing the work that the IRA have been engaged in for the past 30 years.
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#Past

We want to ensure that nothing is imposed upon the people here, that their consent is paramount.
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#People

accepts we are at a defining moment, that the time when the republicans could ride the two horses is at an end and he has himself been pointing this out.
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#Horses

There is no doubt that there are people in the republican movement who have been guilty of breaches of the ceasefire,
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#Doubt

There is no doubt that there are people in the republican movement who have been guilty of breaches of the ceasefire.
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#Doubt

It was only if that package (the Anglo-Irish proposals) succeeded in providing movement from the republicans and nationalists that the situation would arise. We have seen a step by republicans, but of course it falls far short of what we need which is to see the decommissioning actually begin.
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#Irish

If they (IRA) put their weapons completely and verifiably beyond use, then we'll all be delighted,
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#Weapons

No doubt it (the car bomb), like the murder of Billy Wright in the Maze prison, is intended to destabilize the situation by provoking a reaction ... I hope people will not allow themselves, as they have been, to be provoked into reacting,
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#Doubt

An attempt to form the executive without decommissioning (disarming) will lead to a loss of confidence among the Unionist community to such an extent that the executive so-formed would not survive,
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#Community

No doubt it (the car bomb), like the murder of Billy Wright in the Maze prison, is intended to destabilize the situation by provoking a reaction ... I hope people will not allow themselves, as they have been, to be provoked into reacting.
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#Doubt

This clears the way for the transfer of power from London to the Assembly.
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#Power

We all knew that the agreement was not going to be a magic wand and ... that there are elements opposed to it. These elements will not succeed.
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#Agreement

no guns, no government.
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#Government

the energy and will to make progress.
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#Energy

The debate revealed that the differences between us were tactical. They made clear that they are committed to an assembly on a cross community basis.
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#Debate

We will of course be reflecting on all of the things that have been said in the debate and carrying through the tactics that have been outlined,
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#Debate

It is an inevitable fact of involvement in politics ... that you have to meet and work with a range of people and they are not all angels,
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#Politics